Assistant Professor
Dept. of Political Science 

I am a political theorist with an interest in ethnographic methods. My research examines the normative challenges that arise in the course of public policy implementation.

My first book, When the State Meets the Street (Harvard University Press, 2017), explores the everyday moral life of street-level bureaucrats. I am currently at work on a second project that looks at the interior architecture of welfare offices. 

Prior to joining MIT, I was a junior research fellow at Christ’s College, Cambridge and a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Ethics in Society at Stanford. I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Harvard and hold a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. 

I convene the MIT Workshop in Social and Political Theory

Latest Publications

“What’s in a Balcony?”                   
“Political Theory and Architecture: Introduction”